Those who can't dance...dive, apparently. FOX has ordered a two hour special, Stars in Danger: High Diving, which will air this winter, according to Deadline. The special will feature eight celebrities (TBA) competing to earn high marks from a judging panel as they attempt Olympic-style dives. What D-List celebrity would you like to see jump from perilously tall heights in this special?
This idea originally came from a show that is very popular in in the Netherlands named Sterren Springen. This same show also inspired the new ABC series Celebrity Splash, announced two weeks ago. The show is actually based on the long-running German format Stars in Danger: High Diving, which has been airing annually as TV TOTAL Turmspringen on Germany’s ProSieben since 2004.
So much diving!
Update: Here is the official press release!
FOX ORDERS “STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING”
FROM BANIJAY’S BUNIM/MURRAY PRODUCTIONS
AND BANIJAY INTERNATIONAL
Two-Hour Unscripted Special,
Based on Original German Celebrity High Diving Format,
to Air in Winter 2013
October 25, 2012 – FOX today announced it has ordered the Banijay International format STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING (working title) from Bunim/Murray Productions, a Banijay Group company. Based on the long-running German format Stars in Danger: High Diving, the two-hour special event airing on FOX in Winter 2013 will feature stars from music, TV, film and pop culture plunging into a whole new discipline...diving!
Eight celebrities will complete a crash-course in diving techniques, trained and coached by some of America’s greatest divers, before competing in a series of Olympic-style dives, such as solo high diving and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights ranging from 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 meters. An expert judging panel will award points and eventually narrow down the men, women and teams until the finalists battle it out dive-for-dive to determine the ultimate champ and winner. Viewers will get a poolside look at the courage and perseverance, as well as the twists, turns and flips that go into turning a celebrity into a diver who is ready to step to the edge to take a flying leap or momentous belly flop into diving history.
“Americans love reality competition shows, especially when celebrities are involved, and STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING takes things to an entirely new level, truly raising the stakes higher than ever. This is the original celebrity high diving format—built on years of production knowledge in Germany—and FOX is the perfect home for it,” said Jonathan Murray, Chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions, who previously executive-produced “The Simple Life” and “The Rebel Billionaire” for FOX.
Francois de Brugada, EVP Banijay Group said, “STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING is the original celebrity diving show. So, with the strength of the Group behind our talented U.S. subsidiary, along with the reach of Fox, this venture has all the hallmarks of success. STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING is a long-running, thrilling and engaging format which continues to prove its popularity throughout the world.”
The original German format, STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING, was created by Banijay Group’s Brainpool, a sister company of Bunim/Murray Productions, and has been airing annually as TV TOTAL Turmspringen on Germany’s ProSieben since 2004. The eighth installment will air in November. Banijay International has also recently sold the format to TV2 Norway and TV3 in Sweden.
STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING is from Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein and Scott Freeman are executive producers. STARS IN DANGER: HIGH DIVING is based on the German format “TV Total Turmspringen,” a format created and owned by RAAB TV/BRAINPOOL TV and distributed by Banijay International.